Vocabulary Role-Play for English Language Learners
�Using this strategy in the classroom allows students the “opportunity to discuss and use the vocabulary in context through role-playing. ” �Students work in small groups to create a mini roleplay presentation. Students give the audience a look at the various contexts the vocabulary words could be used in.
�FIRST: �Select a group of vocabulary words to teach the students, choosing about 5 -10 words �Carefully pronounce the words for the students and have the students practice pronouncing them �Discuss with students the various ways the words can be used �Work with students by asking them if any words are similar and having them sort them into categories
�NEXT: � Break the students into small groups and give each group five words, making sure that groups get the same words. �Give students time to work in their small groups to create a script that uses all of the vocabulary words. �Students will then perform their skit in front of the class.
Implications for Classroom Management �Materials needed: a pencil, a paper to write out their role-play script, and any props. �This will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. �The first 10 minutes should be spent on explaining the strategy, giving out the vocabulary words, and allowing students to settle into their groups. �The second half should allow students enough time to work on their role-play script as a group and present their skits in front of the class.
Comprehensible Input �Use visuals by displaying each vocabulary word on its own card and holding it up in front of the class. �REPEAT words! �Use longer and natural pauses to give students time to listen, comprehend, and formulate questions. �Ask students questions, frequently, to check for understanding.
It Meets the Needs of the ELL Population �It will introduce new vocabulary in a way for students to relate it to their own lives and creatively demonstrate the newly learned vocabulary through role-play. �It extends their communicative competence using English to interact with one another inside the classroom, and using English to provide subjectmatter information in spoken and written form. �They will be able to visualize the vocabulary words through the different contexts that each group chooses.